Definitions of servant

  1. in a subordinate position; "theology should be the handmaiden of ethics"; "the state cannot be a servant of the church" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a person working in the service of another (especially in the household) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. One who serves, or does services, voluntarily or on compulsion; a person who is employed by another for menial offices, or for other labor, and is subject to his command; a person who labors or exerts himself for the benefit of another, his master or employer; a subordinate helper. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. One in a state of subjection or bondage. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A professed lover or suitor; a gallant. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To subject. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. One who performs menial work for wages. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. One who is in the service of another: a domestic: (B.) a slave: one of low condition or spirit: a word of civility. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. One who attends on, or works for, another. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. A person who labors for another. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. One who is in the service of another; one in domestic service; one in a state of subjection; a slave; a subject; a minister; a tool; a word of civility. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A person employed by another for labour, and to be at his command; to serve in, to belong to and do duty in, as in the army or navy; to serve one out, to retaliate upon; to requite; to serve one's self, to act as one's own servant; to take or use without help; to avail one's self of; to serve out, to distribute in portions; to serve up, to place on the table, as dressed food; to serve a writ or summons, to read it to the defendant, or more usually, to leave an attested copy at his residence; to serve a warrant, to show or read it to the person against whom it is issued, and to seize his person; to serve an execution, to seize or take possession of lands, goods, or person, according as the law requires in the case; to serve an office, to discharge the duties of a public office; time-server, one who regulates his actions by the requirements of the times instead of by duty; one who meanly complies; a servant of servants, one debased to the lowest condition of servitude; your humble servant, your obedient servant, &c., conventional phrases of civility at the close of a letter, coming immediately before the signature. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. s[.e]r'vant, n. one who is in the service of another: a labourer: a domestic: one dedicated to God: (B.) a slave: one of low condition or spirit: a professed lover: a word of mere civility, as in 'your humble' or 'obedient servant' in letters, petitions, &c.--v.t. to subject.--ns. SER'VANT-GIRL, SER'VANT-MAID, a female domestic servant; SER'VANT-MAN, a male servant; SER'VANTRY, servants collectively; SER'VANTSHIP, position or relation of a servant.--SERVANT OUT OF LIVERY, a servant of a higher grade, as a major-domo or butler; SERVANTS' CALL, a whistle to call attendants; SERVANTS' HALL, the room in a house where the servants eat together. [Fr., pr.p. of servir, to serve--L. serv[=i]re, to serve.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  14. Person who has undertaken usu. in return for stipulated pay to carry out the orders of an individual or corporate employer, esp. one who lives in house of master or mistress receiving board& lodging& wages& performing domestic duties (public ss., State officials; railway company\'s ss., its employees; civil s., member of the civil service; outdoor s., groom, gardener, &c.; indoor s., cook, butler, footman, housemaid, &c.; domestic, general, livery, s.; s.-girl, -maid; the s. question, problem of getting& controlling ss.; keeps three ss.; servants hall, room in which ss. of large household have meals &c.; s. of ss., lowest of dependants, esp. as title assumed by Popes, transl. of servus servorum Dei; a good s. but a bad master, of things that should be treated as means& not ends); devoted follower, person willing to serve another, (a s. of Jesus Christ; your humble s. archaic, form of ironical courtesy; your obedient s., epistolary form preceding signature now used only in letters of official type). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  15. n. [Latin] One who serves or does services voluntarily or involuntarily;-a domestic, male or female;-one employed as an instrument in accomplishing a purpose; -one in a state of subjection ;-a person of base condition or ignoble spirit;-a term of civility or respect in addressing another, with your, die. Cabinet Dictionary

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